a certain

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Definition of a certain

1 used to refer to a quality that is noticed but that is difficult to explain or describe She has a certain elegance about her.The house has a certain charm.
2 formal used with the name of a person one does not know In 1889, a certain Mr. Kelly made a large donation to the church.

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“A certain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20certain. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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